Category: Bishop Roald Nikolai

Altar Blessing and Celebrations in Rosenau, Slovakia

During the weekend of May 12th-14th our Hungarian clergy together with Abbot Michael OPR of the St. Severin Monastery joined Bishop Roald Nikolai and Fr. Zoltán Drenkó in Rosenau for the episcopal blessing of the altar table of the Good Shepherd’s chapel of the Nordic Catholic community in Slovakia. The chapel which was acquired by …

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The Spirit and the Church

It is not always so easy to come to terms with the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, as Christians. Sometimes our understanding seems to be «lofty», to the point of being vague. In the following little meditation I will try to elucidate the role of the Spirit through three questions: Who is …

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Christ is Risen!

Reflection for Easter St. John 20;8-9 More and more Christians today are finding themselves in a strange and unfamiliar world. Things that were once held to be right and self-evident are no longer so. Coercion now replaces freedom, bigotry replaces tolerance, and morality and history are turned upside down. It is the “brave new world” …

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I will never disown you

Reflection for Passiontide Revelation 3;14ff A former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson famously remarked back in the sixties that “a week is a long time in politics”. That saying could be applied to the events of the first Holy Week. The triumphal, entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, Jesus overturning the tables of the money …

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My eyes have seen thy salvation

Reflection for 4th Sunday of Lent John 9;1-42 This Sunday is the midpoint of Lent and the Gospel reading is the sixth of St John’s signs. A man who is born blind is healed by Jesus. This is not merely a miracle of messianic healing but a sign that all humanity from birth, is in …

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My soul gasps for thee as a thirsty land [Ps.143;6]

Reflection for 3rd Sunday of Lent John 4;5-42 and Revelation 7;17ff. Few of us will experience chronic physical thirst. We only see at times of earthquakes, wars and famines, our fellow human beings gasping for water in a way that was a common experience in earlier ages when water could be a rare commodity. The …

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Renew a Right Spirit Within Me

Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Lent John 3;1-17 and Matthew 15;21-28 March arrives and the beginning of a new spring. Blossom is about to appear with spring flowers and the sound of garden machinery. Yet last year was not easy with heat and lack of water, pests and diseases, but most gardeners, hoping for a …

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Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

Reflection for Lent Matthew 6;19–21 Lent is our opportunity to renew our lives, starting with an inner transformation, or in traditional language – our souls.Lent invites us to self examination, to see where our treasure really lies. Our Lord firmly teaches “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy …

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God be in my thinking – Mainz in February 2023

During the weekend of February 10-12th, the International Theological Conference of the Union of Scranton convened in Mainz for the second time hosted by the Nordic Catholic Church in Germany. The theme was “God be in my thinking – The intellectual background of the secularization”, following up on the proceedings from the conference in 2020. …

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Deification

Reflection for Quinquagesima Sunday Luke 8;31-43 and Matthew 17;1-9 We sense today the sadness and uncertainty of many ordinary Christians who seem to be vaguely aware that their faith is marginalized and that almost everything is so human focused that a blindness exists about the deep Judeo/Christian tradition and collective wisdom upon which we once …

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“What is received depends upon the mode of the receiver.” Thomas Aquinas

Reflection for Sexagesima Sunday Luke 8;4-15 and Matthew 6;25-34 The pre-Lent season is a conditioning time for Christians. It is preparing hearts and understanding as Thomas Aquinas said: to receive the unique mind of Christ. This is exactly the purpose of the parable of the Sower given to the disciples by Christ, teaching that he …

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What will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Reflection for Septuagesima Sunday Matthew 20;1–6 and Matthew 5;13–20. This reflection was provoked by a message from my National Health Service. “Take care of your mental health with free therapy.” Mindfulness and mental health are a preoccupation today along with keeping exercised and eating the right food! Important as these are, it no longer recognises …

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